CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Ajay Jayaram, Anand Pawar progress in All England Championship 5 hours 24 minutes ago

    Birmingham: India's Ajay Jayaram and Anand Pawar registered straight game wins to progress to the second round of the men's singles qualifying round of the prestigious All England Championship badminton tournament on Tuesday. While Jayaram beat Chinese Taipei's Tzu Wei Wang 21-13, 21-14 in 32 minutes, Pawar took exactly the same...
  • Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap chase 'dream' All England Championship title Yesterday

    Birmingham: After a win early in the season at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap will now look to chase their dream at the prestigious All England Championship that gets underway with the qualifiers here on Tuesday. After a good season in 2014 where...
  • Rohna Bopanna, Daniel Nestor reach final of Dubai ATP event 4 days ago

    Dubai: Rohan Bopanna and his partner Daniel Nestor set themselves up for their second title of the season by reaching the final of the Dubai Duty Free Championships on Friday. The fourth-seeded Indo-Canadian combo overcame second seeded combine of Jean-Julien Rojer from the Netherlands and Horea Tecau from Romania 4-6 7-6(9)...
  • Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic win; Andy Murray out of Dubai Open 4 days ago

    Dubai: World No.1 Novak Djokovic defeated Turkey's Marsel Ilhan 6-1, 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships while Swiss ace Roger Federer needed only one set (6-1) against Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who retired before the second set started here. However, the surprise of Thursday was Andy Murray's...
  • Tomas Berdych earns 500th career win to make Dubai quarters 6 days ago

    Dubai: Tomas Berdych became the eighth active ATP player to post 500 career wins when he beat Simone Bolelli of Italy 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-0 at the Dubai Championships on Wednesday. "It feels great," Berdych said. "I need to make sure I keep my body fresh so I can make another...
  • Pakistan bowler Saeed Ajmal back with Worcestershire 1 week ago

    London: Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will return for a third spell with Worcestershire, the English county announced on Tuesday. The 37-year-old was recently cleared to bowl again after undergoing remedial work on his action. However, he failed to satisfy doubts about the legality of his deliveries in time for the ongoing World...
  • Roger Federer hands out more punishment to Mikhail Youzhny February 23, 2015

    Roger Federer eased to a 16th consecutive victory over Russia's Mikhail Youzhny to begin his quest for a seventh title at the Dubai Championships on Monday. The Swiss world number two looked revitalised during a 6-3 6-1 stroll -- his first competitive match since a surprise third round defeat by Andreas...
  • Simona Halep beats Pliskova to win Dubai Championship February 22, 2015

    Romania's Simona Halep overcame Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-4 7-6(4) in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday to claim her 10th WTA singles title. The win ensured Halep, who ran her opponent ragged at the Aviation Club, would climb back to third in the world rankings. She converted her only break...
  • Simona Halep beats Caroline Wozniacki to reach Dubai final February 21, 2015

    Dubai: Top-seeded Simona Halep beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 on Friday to reach the Dubai Tennis Championships final. Halep will face 17th-seeded Karolina Pliskova in Saturday's final. Pliskova reached the final with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 victory over unseeded Garbine Muguruza. Halep is looking for her second title of the year, having...
  • Australian women break world record for world cycling title February 20, 2015

    Paris: The Australian women's team set a new world record to lift the team pursuit title at the World Track Cycling Championships in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Australian women clocked four minutes and 13.683 seconds on Thursday, shaving 2.869 off Britain's previous best. Britain had to settle for silver with 4:16.702, reports Xinhua. Both men's...
  • Simona Halep advances to semi-final against Caroline Wozniacki in Dubai February 20, 2015

    Dubai: Top-seeded Simona Halep needed five match points before finally defeating sixth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 in the quarter-finals at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Thursday. "I was a little bit nervous to finish," said Halep, who served for the match at 5-3 in the third set. "Sometimes you feel...
  • Karolina Pliskova beats Safarova to reach semis in Dubai February 19, 2015

    Dubai: For the second consecutive week, Karolina Pliskova advanced to the semi-finals of a tournament by beating Lucie Safarova. On Thursday at the Dubai Tennis Championships, Pliskova recovered from a set and a service break down to win 3-6, 7-6 (5) 6-1. The 18-year-old Pliskova, seeded 17th, defeated Safarova in straight...
  • Kvitova follows Venus Williams to early exit in Dubai February 18, 2015

    Dubai Second-seeded Petra Kvitova and fourth-seeded Ana Ivanovic followed defending champion Venus Williams to an early exit at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Wednesday. In all, five of the top eight seeded players failed to reach Thursday's quarterfinals: Kvitova, Ivanovic, No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 7 Angelique Kerber and No. 8...
  • Venus Williams loses to Safarova in third round in Dubai February 18, 2015

    Dubai: Defending champion Venus Williams is out of the Dubai Tennis Championships after losing on Wednesday in the third round in straight sets to 11th-seeded Lucie Safarova. The eighth-seeded Williams looked listless in the humid 93 degree F (34 C) temperatures as Safarova cruised to a 6-4, 6-2 victory. "I think...
  • Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki advances in Dubai Championships February 18, 2015

    Dubai: Top-seeded Simona Halep eased to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Daniela Hantuchova at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday. Except for six double faults, Halep put on a solid performance, saving the one break point she face, which came in her opening service game. "I was fresh and running very well,"...
  • Peng Shuai loses to Tsvetana Pironkova in Dubai Championships February 18, 2015

    Dubai: Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai lost in a neck-and-neck match against Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round of the women's annual Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Amid sunny weather with temperatures above 25 degrees Celsius in Dubai on Tuesday, Peng, a semi-finalist of last year's US Open, won the...
  • Caroline Wozniacki beats Stosur in three sets to advance in Dubai February 17, 2015

    Dubai: Caroline Wozniacki served for the match three times before finally beating Samantha Stosur 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 on Tuesday in the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships. The third-seeded Dane led 5-2 in the third set but struggled to close it out. "They do say third time lucky, right?" Wozniacki...
  • Venus Williams beats player half her age at Dubai Championships February 17, 2015

    Dubai: Defending champion Venus Williams beat an opponent half her age on Monday, winning 6-1, 6-2 against 17-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships. Despite the age difference, the 34-year-old Williams looked physically fitter than her opponent and dominated throughout to earn her 16th...
  • Alize Cornet outlasts Kirsten Flipkens to reach 2nd round in Dubai Championships February 16, 2015

    Dubai: Alize Cornet raced through the first set in 20 minutes, then needed nearly 3 hours for the next two before outlasting Kirsten Flipkens 6-0, 6-7 (6), 6-3 in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Sunday. The 16th-seeded Cornet, a finalist in Dubai last year, paid the price...
  • Serena Williams withdraws from Dubai tournament with illness February 14, 2015

    Dubai: Top-ranked Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Dubai Tennis Championships because of the lingering effects of an upper respiratory illness sustained during the Australian Open last month. Williams suffered from a bad cough in her last few matches en route to winning her 19th career Grand Slam title at the...
  • Shooter Suma Shirur wins silver at International Meet in Holland February 9, 2015

    Mumbai: Rifle shooter Suma Shirur won the silver at the Inter-shoot annual International Shooting Championship for Air Pistol and Air Rifle, at The Hague in Netherlands. The former world record holder got the second place with a gritty finish in 10 m air rifle at the Inter-Shoot where she scored 203...
  • Siddharth Parikh surprises Pankaj Advani in billiards February 5, 2015

    Bengaluru: Aided by two breaks of 100 and a 96, Siddharth Parikh pulled off a 3-1 win over World and National champion Pankaj Advani on Thursday in the selection trials for the Asian Billiards Championship. The result helped Parikh to top the rankings in camp ahead of Advani who however topped...
  • Damani shocks Advani in billiards selection camp February 3, 2015

    Bengaluru: World and National champion Pankaj Advani suffered a shock 2-3 (100-up) defeat against Brijesh Damani in his opening fixture of the selection camp trials for the Asian Billiards Championship here on Tuesday. Advani, however, recovered to win his next match 3-1 over Jaiveer Dhingra while Damani went down 1-3 to...
  • Teenager Lydia Ko breaks Tiger Woods' record to become youngest world No. 1 golfer February 1, 2015

    Seventeen-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand became the youngest golfer to hold top spot in the world rankings by tying for second place at the LPGA season-opening Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Florida, on Saturday. American Tiger Woods was previously the youngest golfer to become world number one when he did...
  • Pankaj Advani wins the Senior National Snooker Championship January 24, 2015

    Kolkata: Pankaj Advani added one more title to his glittering career when he eased past an inexperienced Varun Madan 6-3 to win the Senior National Snooker Championship at the Bengal Rowing Club on Saturday. 24-year-old Delhi lad Madan, who made his maiden senior national final from the qualifiers, won the third,...
  • National Snooker: Pankaj Advani, Varun Madan set up title clash January 23, 2015

    Kolkata: Twelve-time World Champion ace cueist Pankaj Advani of PSPB relied on his temperament to earn a hard-fought victory in the ninth and deciding frame over Dharminder Lilly of Punjab in the semi-finals of the Senior Snooker category in the National Snooker and Billiards Championship at the Bengal Rowing Club...
  • 2015 edition of Mumbai Marathon begins with 40,485 participants January 18, 2015

    Mumbai: The 2015 edition of the Mumbai Marathon started on Sunday at 5:40 am in which around 40,000 people took part. This year's edition of the marathon will both start and finish at the Azad Maidan sports ground in South Mumbai and will bring together thousands of long-distance runners, senior...
  • Martin Kaymer turning Abu Dhabi Championship into a procession January 17, 2015

    Abu Dhabi: Martin Kaymer turned what promised to be an exciting weekend duel with Rory McIlroy into a procession at the Abu Dhabi Championship. Seeking a fourth title in eight years in Abu Dhabi, Kaymer shot a 7-under 65 in the third round on Saturday to extend his overnight lead from...
  • Pankaj Advani trounces Dhruv Sitwala to annex National Billiards title January 17, 2015

    Kolkata: Indian ace Pankaj Advani routed his PSPB colleague and 'friend' Dhruv Sitwala 5-0 in a flawless display of potting en route to his seventh Senior National Billiards Championship at the Bengal Rowing Club, here on Saturday. The holder of 12 world titles in various categories faced some resistance in the...
  • Anirban Lahiri, Jeev Milkha Singh make cut in Abu Dhabi January 17, 2015

    Abu Dhabi: Anirban Lahiri, playing his first European Tour event as a full member, shot four-under 68 to make the cut in tied 29th place, while Jeev Milkha Singh carded one-over 73 in the second round to also make the cut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Open here on Saturday. However,...